Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 253–266 | Cite as

Use of drugs among Senegalese school going adolescents

  • Walter D'Hondt
  • Michel Vandewiele


Though it may appear more severe and dramatic in most industrialized nations, drug addiction has also become a matter for concern in some developing nations. The problem is even more complex when, prior to the advent of colonialism and the adoption of Western values by those countries, there already existed traditional forms of drug addiction. This paper examines the attitudes of Senegalese school-going adolescents to the problem of drug addiction. It describes the nature, development, and perception of drug addiction in the country from an historical and sociological point of view. It shows the tolerance of Senegalese society toward drugs — some were used in traditional medicine — and its rejection of “hard” and intermediate drugs, as they are viewed negatively by the society. The authors finally analyze the motivations of the drug addicts which also indicate, in Africa as in the West, a crisis of identity reflecting a global crisis of civilization.


Health Psychology School Psychology Traditional Medicine Drug Addiction Traditional Form 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter D'Hondt
    • 1
  • Michel Vandewiele
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecole Normale SupérieureUniversité de DakarSenegal

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